Can't you intuit the data with your repressed N function? Surely you can!
The questions are: how can we diminish unemployment? How can optimally use competencies of new graduates? How can we increase business profit in a time of crisis? How can we diminish inefficiency in organizations and length of meetings? When you see the mediocre management that goes on in most businesses, you wonder how is it that these obvious questions are not asked more often.
Most jobs are posted internally in organizations, and only 20% of jobs are posted publically. This creates a culture of mediocrity instead of competence, because there is no way of knowing if other candidates outside of the social networks of employees would have been better.Huh? Isn't that implemented already?? Isn't that the tradition actually? Read the newspapers and write application letters. Yes, there are some quite recent things added to it, which I very much like. There's an organisation to help jobless people find jobs (and to help employers find people) who has an Internet database. For teachers there's even an apart "pool" - if a teacher gets ill, the headmaster (or the secretary) can find interim teachers in the subject with some mouse clicks. It's basically the same thing as the old newspaper ads but adapted to our new information highway. Why not
I found already two jobs (each one a contract of one year) with old-fashioned spontaneous application letters and one (a contract of two months) with the teacher's pool.
It's not whether to learn how things are done or not. It's competence. If you arrive with competencies that are superior to those of existing employees, then it should be the firm that learns from you, asking you to teach others about these new techniques. It shouldn't be up to you to adapt to a way of doing things which is backwards. If you don't have special competencies, then it's logical that you learn from others who have something to teach you.Yes, but experience has its merit too. A new employee has to learn how things are done in that firm. And has to get to know his coworkers. You don't want to change a team which is performing rather well. I guess here it's a question of finding a balance. Will the new employee add a value to the team that's worth some training and adapting? Maybe an SJ employer would answer "no" too often.
"The way things are done here" is just an inside joke, and an excuse for laziness and generalized incompetence in organizations.
Do you see people working so much? I see people spending inordinate amounts of time in meetings, chit chatting, and pretending they're working while in fact they're surfing on Facebook.I don't know about this one. A human is not fit to work non-stop. Every day I start with lots of ideas (I'll finish this and that work and then I've got time to work on that mad project!), but find myself exhausted at the middle and in de need of "not working nor doing creative projects" for a while. Yes it's frustrating. No work gets done and I'm not even creating anything!
Maybe we should accept that we're less efficient than we want to be.
I really need the coffee breaks at school, despite I hate coffee. The nice thing at a school is that they are scheduled. They start at a given moment (when the pupils get a much needed break too) and stop at another given moment. You don't feel as if you should be working instead.
When I was doing research, it was another matter. I always felt as if I should work instead, because I hadn't produced anything yet! At the other hand, the discussions during the coffee break helped to put your research in perspective and sometimes generated new ideas.